Having an ultrasound is one of the highlights of any pregnancy. I’ve always looked forward to getting a sneak peak at my darling children. My doctor’s office has never had the newer 3/4D ultrasound machines and I’ve always wanted to experience seeing our baby this way. I also wanted to share this information with you mamas because I know being pregnant can be overwhelming and there are so many options and choices. Reading about the options and things that are available can help you all determine what is important to you. The 3/4D ultrasounds are definitely something I suggest splurging on during your pregnancy!
After searching online for some 4D ultrasound places in the local Detroit area I came across a place called Baby on Board in Eastpointe. I contacted them to see if they were open to me reviewing their business and services and was delighted when they agreed. We scheduled an appointment for Saturday and the anticipation began. Hubby kept teasing me all week that he didn’t want to know baby’s gender and I teased right back telling him that was fine, I would go alone and keep it a secret! Well, of course I wanted him there and he wanted to be there so we arrived at Baby on Board Saturday afternoon for what we were to soon find out would be a huge treat!
The outside of Baby on Board is very inviting and has the perfect theme for their name: a train. It really is an adorable logo that makes any pregnant mama want to rush right in and see the little one that is “on board”! Walking through the door proved to be even more inviting. The owners of Baby on Board were very friendly, which made the experience even sweeter. They immediately offered us some bottled water and gave us an introduction of their business. I quickly filled out some paperwork and we were able to go right into the ultrasound room to get started.
When I walked into the room I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable and serene the room is. There is a reclining chair for mama to sit in with a place to put her feet up. There is a couch that accommodates any family members or friends you want to attend the ultrasound. Across the room from mama’s chair is a big screen monitor on the wall to view the ultrasound. They even play relaxing nursery music to set the mood for seeing baby!
Watching your ultrasound at Baby on Board is truly like sitting in a personal home theater watching the best movie of the year!
My ultrasound tech and one of the owners, Joli, began my ultrasound in 2D. This is the typical ultrasound that looks like a black/white image that is most common. Joli explained that they check for gender first and, surprising to me, she said it is easiest to see gender in the 2D image. She said when you get into the 3/4D ultrasounds there is a lot going on and the umbilical cord gets in the way among other things. That made sense when she explained it. Here is one of the 2D images we saw of our sweet baby:
Joli was fabulous in answering my questions and explaining everything she was seeing. I personally had a lot of questions about the ultrasound in general because I’ve secretly always thought that would be an awesome job! After looking at baby in various positions in the 2D, we got quite the treat and saw our sweet little one in the 3D and 4D. Joli explained that the difference between the 3 and 4 D ultrasounds is that in the 4D ultrasound you can see baby move! It’s like a live shot! And watch baby move, we did! It was amazing!! At just one day shy of 17 weeks, baby was still pretty skeleton-y so we didn’t get the amazing chubby cheeks shots people get later on but it was still absolutely amazing seeing our baby this way! It was seriously an experience we’ll never forget.
Nearly every shot Joli got of baby, baby’s hands were right by the face. There’s even one shot of baby with what appears to be hand under chin and baby posing! Joli was great at what she does and I was extremely satisfied with our experience at Baby on Board. Seeing baby and finding out that we are having a BABY GIRL was such a treat!! One of Joli’s business partners, another ultrasound tech sat in on the ultrasound and I love that they consulted one another with their thoughts before blurting out boy or girl! They both thought girl for this baby and were pretty confident! (of course they can’t give a 100% sure answer, but I felt confident in their answer too after seeing their expertise on the job!)
We received a DVD set to the nursery music we listened to during the ultrasound. We also received some printed photos (you can see Joli explaining the photos to me in the above picture) and a CD with the photos! They also offer the heartbeat animals, which I am so wishing we would have splurged on! They did have a frog after all, and what “green” mama doesn’t love frogs!? They had a wide selection of animals that they could put the heartbeat recording into and what a great keepsake that would be, that baby would also love!! They also gave us a Baby on Board bag full of baby info, including baby registry at Babies R Us, Enfamil pack, magazines and more!
After the amazing ultrasound, Joli took us on a tour of the facility and explained all of the different things they offer. I was quite surprised that they offer more than 4D ultrasounds! I guess I never really thought about other things being offered at an ultrasound place but these amazing ladies did, and they really have brilliant ideas!
Although offering only 4D ultrasounds would be loved by almost any mama-to-be, Baby on Board has gone above and beyond! They offer prenatal massage (soon they’ll be offering couples massages, too), and even a place for baby showers with viewing of the ultrasound on big screen TV (don’t worry mama’s you’ll be in a private room and no one will see your bare belly, they’ll only see baby on the screen!)! The baby showers can be totally personalized, including water bottle labels, t-shirts and more! The theme can also be decided by the mama-to-be when planning the party! Baby on Board also partners with an event planner and an infant photographer (some of the infant photos are part of the wall decor, it’s adorable!)! You really can do so much in one place to make your pregnancy memorable!
Be sure you check out the ultrasound packages they have to offer so you’ll be ready to schedule your appointment! We were beyond thrilled to visit Baby on Board and we left with amazing memories! The entire plan, beginning to end, was make special by the fabulous owners at Baby on Board! Creating memories for a lifetime is what they do and they are certainly good at what they do! <3 I want to sincerely thank Baby on Board for creating our ultrasound memories of our sweet baby girl!